Kostas Martakis

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Kostas Martakis
Κώστας Μαρτάκης
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Background information
Birth name Konstantinos Martakis
Born (1984-05-25) 25 May 1984 (age 30)
Athens, Greece
Origin Athens, Greece
Genres Pop, Rock, Dance
Years active 2006 – present
Labels Sony BMG Greece (2006–2009)
Universal Music Greece (2009–2012)
Platinum Records (2013-)

Konstantinos "Kostas" Martakis (Greek: Κώστας Μαρτάκης; born 25 May 1984)[1] is a Greek singer, model and occasional actor, who rose to fame after appearing on Greek talent show Dream Show aired by Alpha TV in 2006. Following his participation, he went on to release three studio albums and also participated in the Greek national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. In 2011, he participated in the second season of Greece's Dancing with the Stars, placing second. In 2013, he took part in the first season of Your Face Sounds Familiar.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Martakis was born on 25 May 1984 in Athens to parents Nikos Martakis and Labrini Martaki of Cretan origin. Martakis has an older sister and after his mother and father divorced, Martakis lived with his mother.

2006–2007: Dream Show and debut album[edit]

Martakis first gained fame on the reality talent show Dream Show. Prior he had also done modelling work and played basketball in amateur minor leagues where he won some medals,[1] as well as majoring in computer technologies at American College of Greece. Shortly after his appearance on Dream Show, he signed a contract with Sony BMG Greece and released his first CD-single in the summer of 2006 titled "Panda Mazi" (Always together). By winter 2006, Martakis was singing alongside Despina Vandi and Giorgos Mazonakis at REX night club, while in summer 2007 he starting singing with Kelly Kelekidou and Dionisis Makris at "Romeo" summer club.

Kostas Martakis at the international music competition New Wave Festival 2007 held in Latvia where he placed 2nd

In June 2007, Martakis released his first studio album titled Anatropi (Reversal). The album was generally well received, leading him to win the award for "Best New Artist" at the MAD Video Music Awards 2007.

In the summer of 2007, he also took part of the international competition New Wave Festival 2007 held in Latvia, where he scored 2nd place, winning 1st place in the public vote. Shortly after, he was booked by Sony BMG Russia to release an English album in all the ex-soviet countries in 2008, although this never materialized and his collaboration with the Russian branch was terminated.

2008: Greece's Eurovision national final[edit]

Seeing his growing popularity, ERT asked him to compete in the Greek national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. Kostas Martakis competed in the Greek National Final with a song by Dimitris Kontopoulos, with lyrics by Vicky Gerothodorou.[2] The song was "Always and Forever".[3] and it was recorded in two different styles. The pop rock version of the song was originally supposed to be performed at the National Final, but the dance version was chosen instead by Martakis and his label.[4] The winning entrant was "Secret Combination" by Kalomoira, and Martakis' entry "Always and Forever" placed second. Following the Greek national final, a Russian language cover of "Always and Forever" based on the dance version with the title "С тобой навеки" (With you forever) was released in ex-soviet countries, while in December 2008, "Always & Forever" was added to American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch's nationwide US in-store music playlist, thus indirectly introducing the song to the American market.

Kostas Martakis with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in Athens in 2008

Kostas Martakis and Danish-Greek singer Shaya were chosen to record a Greek-language version of Right Here, Right Now from the soundtrack of the Disney film High School Musical 3: Senior Year. The cover was titled "Mikroi Theoi" (Little Gods) and was released as a single from the Greek edition of the film's soundtrack, as well as being made into a music video with Martakis and Shaya molded together with scenes from the film. The music video was included as a bonus feature on the Greek edition of the film's home video release. Walt Disney Records, via its international distribution partner EMI, commissioned several local market, foreign-language versions of songs from the entire High School Musical series, although "Mikroi Theoi" was the only Greek version song.

"Fila Me" is another single by Martakis of which was made into a music video and released as a digital single. Martakis then took a break from recording and live shows as he was called to fulfill service in the Hellenic Navy.

In fall 2008, Kostas Martakis was the opening act for the Athens concert of Jennifer Lopez. He was chosen by concert organizers after they reviewed several video screenings of Greek artists. Ιn November 2008 American television station E! included Martakis on their "25 Most Sexy Men in the World", describing him a "Greek God".

2009: Pio Konta[edit]

In March 2009, it was announced that Kostas Martakis signed with Universal Music Greece. The collaboration with Sony BMG helped spawn nine singles, but his departure from the label in 2009 was on good terms.[5]

In June 2009, Martakis released a song as a digital download single titled "Pio Konta" (Come closer) composed by Swedish producers Holter & Erixson. On November 12, 2009, Martakis released his second studio album titled Pio Konta, which went platinum.

2011: Sex Indigo, Dancing with the Stars, & Entasi[edit]

In early 2011, Martakis participated in the second season of the Greek version of Dancing with the Stars and was partnered with Maria Antimisari. He placed second on the show. In March 2011, he traveled to Moscow to record the duet titled "Sex Indigo" with Russian pop star Diana Diez. A video was shot in Ukraine by the director Alan Badoev, while the song will be included in the both artist's new albums. The premiere of song "Sex Indigo" was on March 18, the version of "Sex Indigo" in Greek "Vres Ton Tropo" (Find the Way) was premiere on April 28 and the version of" Sex Indigo "in Spanish was the May 4. The world premieres of the three versions were on the Official Facebook Group of Kostas and the channel of the artist on YouTube, the letter of the Spanish version of "Sex Indigo" was written by Juliana Lira and Fermin Lira, The Sex Indigo video was premiered on July 14 for the ELLO channel and the Russian version was released on November 11 in the Diana Díez channel Official On YouTube.

2012: Entasi, MadWalk & Musical Rent[edit]

Martakis will be releasing his third studio album titled Entasi (Intensity) on December 5, 2011.[6] In the lead up to the album's release, Martakis teamed up with MAD TV and Hellas On-Line (HOL) for a special web concert previewing is new songs on November 24, 2011.[7]

The MadWalk By Vodafone.[8] was held on February 8 in the Tae Kwon Do arena, this great event is held to raise funds for the foundation "Elpida" (Hope) Foundation against cancer in children. The event that combines music and fashion "Join The Fashion Rockstar" brings together the most popular Greeks artists and designers for an unforgettable show, the 2012 edition the guest host was Kostas Martakis who shared the presentation with Viki Kagia and Maria Sinatsaki. and performed with them as in his music video Entasi in the second act.[9]

On February 16, at the theater Veaki, Kostas made his acting debut in the musical Rent.[10] here plays the decadent rock star Roger Davis and comes to us on stage telling the story of a group of marginalized young people, trying to survive in New York of the 90s, who suffer poverty, love, passion, rejection and loss. The musical was directed by Themidos Marcelou and counted with the participation of the actors Ada Livitsanou, Antigone Psychrami, Aris Plaskasovitis, Vasilis Axiotis, Christos Georgalis, Themis Marsellou, Stergios Ntaousanakis, Indra Kein, Andreas, and Maria Vasilatou Kapatais. E agora vai fazer um filme sendo Alagan Dhiren Rajaran.

Awards and Nominations MAD Video Music Awards[edit]

List of Nominations and Awards by artist Kostas Martakis musical career 2006.

The 'MAD Video Music Awards' awards are produced by the television and radio station Greek MAD TV. Although not affiliated with the music industry, are the most important awards of Greece now. Held annually during the month of June since 2004.[11]

Year Nominated Work Category Result
2007 Nai Best Video Clip New Artist Winner
2007 Thelo Epeigontos Diakopes Sexiest Artist in Video Clip Nominated
2008 Anatropi Sexy Video Clip of the Year Nominated
2009 Fila Me Sexy Video Clip of the Year Nominated
2009 Mikro Theoi (ft. Shaya ) Best Duet Nominated
2010 Pote Best Male Artist Nominated
2010 Pio Konta Video Clip of the Year Nominated
2010 Pote Sexy Video Clip of the Year Nominated
2010 Pio Konta Best Video Clip Pop Nominated
2011 Kano O,ti Thes Best Male Artist Nominado
2011 Afto Pou Zitas (ft.Thirio) Video Clip Hip Hop/Urban Nominado
2011 Kano O,ti Thes Fashion Icon in Video Clip Nominated
2012 Entasi Best Male Artist Nominated
2012 Agries Diatheseis Sexy Video Clip of the Year Nominated
2012 Entasi Fashion Icon in VideoClip Nominated
2013 Mou Pires Kati Best Male Artist Nominated
2013 S'exo Anaki S'agapo Best Video Clip Pop Nominated
2013 Mamacita Buena Top 50 Nominated

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Certification
2007 Anatropi Gold
2009 Pio Konta Platinum
2011 Entasi Gold
2014 An Kapou Kapote Platinum

EPs[edit]

Title Album details
Panta Mazi
  • Released: November, 2006
  • Label: RCA, Sony BMG
  • Formats: EP
Aways and Forever
  • Released: February 6, 2008
  • Label: RCA, Sony BMG
  • Formats: EP

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ".  ERT. Retrieved on February 19, 2008
  2. ^ "Στην τελική ευθεία ο Κώστας Μαρτάκης".  MAD TV. Retrieved on January 23, 2008 (Greek)
  3. ^ "Kostas Martakis to sing 'Always & Forever'".  Oikotimes. Retrieved on January 23, 2008
  4. ^ "Κ.Μαρτάκης: Με την dance version στον τελικό".  Eurovision-Greece. Retrieved on March 21, 2008
  5. ^ "Ο Μαρτάκης τελειώνει τη θητεία του και γίνεται Universal".  MAD TV. Retrieved on March 4, 2009
  6. ^ B., Kiki (November 28, 2011). "Κώστας Μαρτάκης: Νέος δίσκος" (in Greek). Energy966.com. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ Pinakoulakis, Anastasis (November 16, 2011). "Ο Μαρτάκης και η "Ένταση" του" (in Greek). Tralala.gr. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Performances and designers" (in Greek). April 30, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Line up MadWalk" (in Greek). MAD TV. November 28, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Musical Rent" (in Greek). nozz.gr. September 15, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ Página Oficial de los MAD VMA (Griego)

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